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Plantin - Moretus Museum

Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 03 221 1450
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Ranked #2 of 78 Attractions in Antwerp
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.

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Toronto
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73 reviews 73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is a Unesco site and not to be missed as far as history and house museums are concerned. There is so much here of interest to people interested in history, geography, printing, humanism, economy of low countries, religious studies, anatomy, libraries, manuscripts, cartography ....etc. In Antwerp, do not miss this one. Use the audio guide.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We are not really the travelers who prefer to spend a lot of time in museums but this one is definitely worth a visit, despite the rather high entrance fee (EUR 8). We learnt a lot about the printing business, mentally travelling back a few centuries. In today's world it's hard to imagine how much effort it needed to publish... More 

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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195 reviews 195 reviews
110 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I read the reviews, but was not planning to go as we would have only a few hours in Antwerp. As it was raining a lot and satying outside was out of question we deceided to go. It is really worth the time and money, the house itself is spetacular, the rooms with leather walls are really one of a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Extensive space that extends beyond the historic print presses to include faucets of the entire printing process in an atmospheric, sprawling building.

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Tours, Centre, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This museum is huge! I spent a solid 2.5 hours here and probably could have spent more if I could read Dutch (not everything is labeled in English though most things are). This museum has a couple of Gutenberg Bibles, the two oldest printing presses in the world, and countless first edition books from the 14th to the 18th centuries!... More 

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Michigan
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7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We spent almost 2 hours walking through the museum on a Tuesday morning. What appears to be a small building, a little out of the way, is an amazing example of a printing shop and exquisite home of an early industrialist. The building itself is very well preserved and remarkable, you walk through all sorts of rooms. Then there are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

A fantastically interesting collection of exhibits in a beautiful old house. Loads of original printing artefacts. Don't rush it.

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New Port Richey, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We enjoyed this museum, so much to see. Go on a Friday morning and enjoy the auction market (selling secondhand household furniture, bikes, junk etc.) in the square outside the museum as well. Plus of course some nice little cafes to sit and watch the world go by.

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Bloemfontein
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33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

... but everyone who visits Antwerp must take an hour (or more likely three) to visit this example of what purposeful, enterprising and successful endeavor in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries has delivered unto us. And the level of technological development that is in evidence here set the tone for each subsequent epoch. You will not be sorry;... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The architecture, the story of the museum as well as its collection is fantastic! Very big though. You have to be prepared to spend at a couple of hours there

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